Keith says he stopped hitting the hard stuff about a year ago because he noticed he wasn’t “feeling right”, which is Keith’s body’s way of reminding him of those times he died in ‘69, ‘72 and ‘83.
“It’s been about a year now. I pulled the plug on it. I got fed up with it.” While he admits he still has “a glass of wine occasionally, and a beer,” it’s a major step for a guy whose hedonism is a key part of his legend. “It was time to quit,” Richards says. “Just like all the other stuff.” Was it an adjustment? “You can call it that, yeah,” he says with a laugh. “But I don’t notice any difference really – except for I don’t drink. I wasn’t feeling [right]. I’ve done it. I didn’t want that anymore.”